The First SAI KIDS DREAM Hub Opens in Baguio

Baguio City has always been a favorite summer destination in the Philippines because of its cool climate. But for the members of KIDS Club and Silid Aralan, Inc. (SAI), it will always be a special place for us. It is in Baguio where we established our  first DREAM Hub!

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The Camp 7 DREAM Hub team with members from KIDS Club, Silid Aralan, and the University of the Cordilleras

Last Saturday, KIDS Club and Silid Aralan opened the DREAM Hub at Camp 7 Elementary School together with our local partner, the University of the Cordilleras (UC). The DREAM Hub aims to provide a balanced learning environment for the low-performing students of Camp 7. Through the hub, we hope that the children would be able to discover their potentials; relax and enjoy; achieve their goals; and motivate their fellow students.

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Our Local Partner in Baguio

Preparing the DREAM Hub in Baguio

Straight from work on Friday night, the KIDS Club members took the bus going to Baguio. The following morning upon reaching the city, they met with Silid Aralan Chair and CEO Arcie Mallari. With him is Mr. Aries Burgonio, the new SAI Project Leader.  They first went to the University of the Cordilleras to meet the local partners and to retrieve the boxes of toys and books which was sent earlier.

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UC Student Volunteers Helping Load the Books and Toys

The team headed to Camp 7 Elementary School and was welcomed with smiles and excited faces of the children, parents, and teachers.

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Climbing the Stiff Road Going to Camp 7 Elementary School
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Camp 7 Elementary School: Home of the First DREAM Hub
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Our Signage In Front of the DREAM Hub

While the parents and students were busy with their registration, KIDS Club members and student volunteers from UC  worked together to arrange the shelves, books, toys and other things inside the hub.

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Registration of Parents and Students
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Parents Waiting to See the DREAM Hub
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Placing of Linoleum and Furnitures
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Inventory of Toys and Books Before Placing Them in the Shelves
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KIDS Club Members Working Together to Put Up the Creativity Area
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UC Student Volunteers Helping Make the Hub Safe and Child-Friendly
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Camp 7 Learners Trying Very Hard to Control Their Excitement
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The Creativity Area
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Portion of The Reading Area
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Portion of the Play Area for Girls
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Different Toy Cars for the Boys and Girls

The DREAM Hub Launch 

Immediately after the room was finished, the soft launch of the DREAM Hub followed. The programme started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony headed by Dr. Caridad Pagaduan, Dean of the College of Teacher Education, University of the Cordilleras.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Representatives from KIDS Club, the University of the Cordilleras, Camp 7 Elementary School, and Silid Aralan, Inc.

 

After that, SAI conducted a brief orientation for the parents and volunteers about Silid Aralan and the DREAM Hub Project. On the other hand, KIDS Club spent some fun time with the students through storytelling, playing, and clay art.

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SAI Chair and CEO Arcie Mallari Orienting the Parents About SIlid Aralan and the DREAM Hub Project
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Learners Thanking the Lord for the DREAM Hub
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KIDS Club Co-Founder and President Evalyn Evangelista Giving Her Opening Remarks

 

Having Fun Playing with Shadows
Having Fun Playing with Shadows
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Ms. Mitch Macas Explaining the DREAM Hub Project to the Learners
Story Time with the Learners
Story Time with the Learners
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Fun Time with the Learners
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Coco (KIDS Club Child Volunteer) Sharing His Passion on Clay Art with the Learners
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Learners Enjoying the Kitchen Pretend Toys

Before closing the day’s event, all who were present expressed their commitment to support and help maintain the hub through hand stamping. The Commitment Banner will be placed inside the Hub to remind the students and other users to take care of the DREAM Hub and all the things inside it.

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KIDS Club Explaining the Commitment Banner to the Learners
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Hand Stamping Their Commitment to Take Good Care of the DREAM Hub
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The Learners Drawing Their Hands and Writing Their Names on the Commitment Banner
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KIDS Club Members Pledging Their Commitment
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Dr. Teodora Botis, Principal of Camp 7 Elementary School, Pledging Her Support
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Dean Pagaduan Supporting the Commitment Pledge
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Dr. Leonarda Aguinalde, Vice-President for Administration of the University of the Cordilleras, Stamping Her Support
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Dean Pagaduan with KIDS Club Handing the Management of the DREAM Hub to Camp 7 Elementary School
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KIDS Club with Dean Pagaduan, UC Administrative Staff, and Camp 7 Teachers
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Distribution of Refreshments and Goodies

 

From the members of KIDS Club and our partners (Silid Aralan Inc., Camp 7 Elementary School, and the University of the Cordilleras), thank you very much for helping us make this project a success!!

Thank you for all the support!!!
Thank you for all the support!!!

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